The Ultimate Fashion-Girl Home Décor Starter Pack: The It-Items to Buy This Year


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Three months into 2021, and I could probably count the number of times I've left my house on two hands. Needless to say, my apartment has become where I spend 90% of the time, so why not transform it into an ideal sanctuary? As you may know, I spend a lot of time thinking about home decor–it's my second passion next to clothing–and lately, I've been getting a lot of inspiration from fashion IT girls and tastemakers alike. I'm a sucker for cute design details and unique objects that catch your attention, and fashion girls sure do excel at doing just that. 

There are about as many ways to decorate your interiors as ice cream flavors at Baskin-Robbins, but I've noticed a particular aesthetic fashion girls flock to most. You've likely already seen a bunch of these distinct items, like those charming glass lamps that resemble a mushroom and twisty, eccentric candles almost too pretty to burn. This genre of decorating is all about playful, fun objects that spark joy when looking at them–and I definitely could use surroundings that lift my mood after working from home for months on end. If you too want to transform your abode, I've outlined the quintessential items that will get your space looking Instagram-ready in no time.


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Mushroom Lamps


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A few years ago I started noticing these adorable lamps showing up all over my fellow fashion editors' homes. Fast forward to today, and now glass mushroom lamps are one of the biggest home decor trends embraced by It girls around the world. Essentially it's a revival of mid-century modern style, specifically Italy's famed Murano lamps. You can buy them vintage, or secondhand on Etsy as I've done in the past, but they come at a pretty penny. Urban Outfitters and West Elm have recently released similar mushroom lamps that capture the same vibe at a fraction of the cost.

Quirky Vases


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I'm simply crazy about weird vases. I've documented my love of them here, but if you need more reminding, below are some of the ones currently on my shopping list. Anissa Kermiche's Love Handles vase is probably one of the most popular; I mean, even Drake and Leandra Cohen own it.

Whimsical Candles


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Not all candles should be burned; some are meant to be seen. Works of art in their own right, use them to adorn a coffee table or wall shelves to inject some personality into your space.

Modern Mirrors


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Most people may consider mirrors as wholly utilitarian–simply to check for smeared lipstick or to make sure no unidentified stains have made their way to your pants–but for fashion people, a mirror is a statement. When you're constantly snapping outfit photos for the 'gram, not just any mirror will do, you need one with wow factor. Bi-Rite Studio's Capsule Mirror has a cult following in the design world, but if you're on a budget, you can catch a few options from Cb2 on sale.

High Impact Coffee Tables


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As the centerpiece of a living room, coffee tables truly set the tone for the rest of your space. A design-forward one will stand out–even if the rest of your other furniture leans minimal. In the vein of the mid-century modern craze, chrome coffee tables in particular are on the rise.

Abstract Rugs


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I consider a good rug one of the most important decor investments to make, which may be partly why half of my saved folder right now is full of them. You may already be familiar with Cold Picnic's abstract rugs (they're a favorite among design junkies), and after owning two I can say they're worth every penny. If you're looking for something a little more dramatic, checkered rugs are surprisingly versatile.

Up next, 24 Under-The-Radar Fashion Items I’m Low-Key Itching to Buy.

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Indya Brown is a fashion editor, stylist, and writer living in Los Angeles. While going to school at Columbia University in New York City, she got her feet wet in the fashion industry interning at Elle magazine, Harper's Bazaar, and New York magazine's The Cut. After graduating in 2016, she joined The Cut as a fashion assistant, eventually working her way up to fashion editor. There, she worked on a multitude of projects, including styling inbook feature stories for New York magazine's print issue, writing and pitching market stories for The Cut, and serving as fashion lead for The Cut's branded content. While New York has been her home for over 10 years, she moved to Los Angeles in the midst of the pandemic in 2020 for a new chapter. Now she is a fashion market editor for Who What Wear, focusing on emerging designers, rising trends on and off the internet, interior design, and BIPOC creatives and brands. Aside from her duties as a fashion market editor, Brown is also a freelance stylist and writer, working on national print and video commercial campaigns for Sephora, The Independent, and Cadillac. Her bylines also include Harper's Bazaar, Vox, and The New York Times. But once the computer goes down and the emails turn off, she's likely eating her way through Koreatown, hunting down vintage furniture, scoping out new outrageous nail designs to try, or taking a hot cycling class.